The U.S. Men’s Soccer team pulled off an all-time choke job by losing to Trinidad and Tobago last night. The loss, combined with wins by Honduras and Panama created a perfect nightmare scenario that leaves the U.S. out of the upcoming World Cup in Russia.
Even though the U.S. should have handled their business, one of Panama’s goals in their match against Costa Rica, that helped bounce the U.S., never crossed the goal line and shouldn’t have counted.
The Panama goal came in the 52nd minute and leveled the score at 1-1. It’s clear on the replay that it never came close to fully crossing the line. Panama eventually scored the game winner in the 87th minute and advanced to the World Cup. Had Panama drawn against Costa Rica, they would have been left out instead of the U.S, who just won a head-to-head matchup, 4-0, last week.
For those wondering, FIFA does have goal line technology to review such goals in World Cup play, but CONCACAF doesn’t use the technology in the group qualifying stage.
Make no mistake, the USMNT have no one to blame but themselves for choking away their chance to pass through by losing to Trinidad, but this digs the knife in a little deeper.
Watch Panama’s phantom goal.